LA:RISE participant Manuel at his full-time construction job
EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.

Manuel and Donna, both recent LA:RISE participants, share their success stories below.

Re-Entry Worker Gains Job Skills to Build Construction Career

With guidance from LA:RISE, re-entry worker Manuel developed valuable and transferable job skills, including how to successfully work in a team setting.

After returning home from incarceration, Manuel experienced homelessness and was searching for employment that offered him the flexibility he needed to complete his re-entry program. Manuel joined LA:RISE and was paired with social enterprise partner the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO).

Manuel received an opportunity to work on a CEO/Caltrans crew, where he gained on-the-job skills and built up his confidence. During the program, Manuel met consistently with his job developer to discuss career options and opportunities for long-term employment.

Manuel recently secured full-time employment with JT Resources, a construction company. He said he hopes to return to school and earn additional certifications that will enable him to continue building his career.

His advice for future LA:RISE participants? Stay focused, take advantage of the great resources and ask for help when needed.

Formerly Homeless, LA:RISE Participant Receives On-The-Job Training

LA:RISE participant Donna shows off her vocational training Certificate of Completion
LA:RISE participant Donna shows off her Certificate of Completion for vocational training, excited about her future
Before enrolling in LA:RISE, Donna was experiencing homelessness and struggled to keep a steady job. Through LA:RISE, Donna gained on-the-job training as a Volunteer Lead at MADE by Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), a social enterprise partner.

Donna received training in production lines, shipping and inventory, along with supervision skills.

At DWC, Donna learned how to make the candles and soap sold at the Made by DWC store and gained experience working in diverse teams, communicating with co-workers and implementing supervisor feedback.

Donna is currently enrolled in vocational training at the Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) WorkSource Center. She also continues to work as a Production Inventory Associate at MADE by DWC.

Donna said she is proud of her successes at DWC and excited about finding permanent, full-time employment and stable housing.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of December 16, 2019. Read this issue and more.